We all heard the popular phrase, “No pain, no gain.” This may be true to some degree, but it should not always be the case. Some pains may not come with gains and some should not be ignored. There are some pains which are normal and minor, but some pains such as, chest pains should not be considered normal and needs immediate attention.
The following pains should not be ignored and they need doctor’s attention:
- Appendicitis pain. The excruciating stomach pain from appendicitis is impossible to ignore. Caused by the ruptured appendix, this pain occurs at the lower right of the abdomen. This medical emergency requires prompt surgery to remove the ruptured appendix.
- Severe back pain. If you do not work out and you experience severe back pain, it means it is aneurysm of the aorta, which may rupture if not treated on time. George C. Scott was killed by a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Despite warnings from his doctors, he delayed treatment, thinking the problem was minor.
- Chest pain. Any layman will tell you that you should take chest pain seriously. If the pain doesn’t feel like it is caused by gas in your stomach, the best advice is “see your doctor.” Heart attack pain is not always severe; in fact it could be sometimes be subtle, especially for women. Any type of chest pain should be taken seriously.
- Kidney pain. Pain from a kidney infection will occur in the middle of your lower back. If a bad fever and nausea follow this pain and you feel pain when urinating, you should consult your doctor. If a kidney infection is not treated properly, it can lead to permanent kidney damage.
- Groin pain. This pain will feel like someone kicked you in the crotch. The pain won’t go away. The chances are, testicular torsion is causing it. This is caused by a common congenital flaw from missing anchors that hold the spermatic cords in place. When one of the cords gets twisted, it cuts off blood supply to the testicle. Lack of blood in your testicle causes this pain and you should see your doctor immediately.
- Swelled leg and pain. If you have been sitting in a tight spot for a long time and you have a swollen calf with severe pain, it might be caused by a clot developed deep within a vein. Known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), this condition requires emergency medical attention to stop a portion of the clot from breaking off and lodged within the lungs.
- Sudden headache. Sudden headaches should not be ignored as it may mean you have brain hemorrhage or brain tumor. Doctors suggest, if you are not sure of the cause, you should visit an Emergency Room immediately.
- Burning feet. According to American Diabetes Association, 23 million Americans with diabetes are unaware of their disease. Burning sensation in your feet may be a sign that you have diabetes. The burning sensation is caused by diabetes-related nerve damage. An elevated blood sugar results in severe peripheral nerve damage mainly in the feet, hands, toes, legs and arms.